Has anyone tried hanging nesting baskets?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stone_family3, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    I have one hen that seems particularly fond of this one spot and I think a hanging nesting box would be a dream for her. I am considering using crates that hang on the beams so she can hop into it and do her thing then hop out.

    I honestly have three nesting boxes and only one hen uses them and her eggs are soft and get mushed into it. *edit* This hen with the soft eggs is getting plenty of calcium and oyster shell, she is NOT the hen who likes to be high up or the ones I'm considering hanging nesting boxes for.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011

  2. Moonkit

    Moonkit Songster

    Apr 20, 2011
    Richardson, Texas
    I'd try to solve the 'soft egg' issue first. Give her access to extra calcium and such. As to the hanging next.. set one up and see if she takes to it.
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:I'm working on the soft egg issue, it's with another hen.
  4. jason180sx

    jason180sx Songster

    Mar 26, 2011
    i would use a hanging flower pot
  5. A friend of mine uses those black plastic disposable pots the flowers are delivered to the grocery store in. He ties them in the corner so they don`t move much. His hens are Spanish Games that only weigh about 3 lbs. Larger hens would need a bigger pot. Some of his hens even hatch chicks in those things. Then he has to relocate them to the floor.......Pop

  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    I would try anything to make the girls happy if it does not work try something else.

    The soft egg thing I would address in a hurry. You need some Oyster Shells ground up a bit or limestone hen grit to make the eggs thicker and harder
  7. erinszoo

    erinszoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    We have milk crates hung up for our girls to nest in and they looooooove them. [​IMG]


    They don't like anything that moves though when they hop onto it so I would make them fixed somehow rather than like a hanging flower pot. We have two girls laying soft eggs and they have free range of the yard plus layer feed plus oyster shell available all the time. My husband said it was just a new layer thing as these were their first eggs. Two of our birds are laying nice hard shells every day so I'm not sure what to suggest about the soft eggs.
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  8. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:It's another hen who likes being on the ground, she has oyster shell and has been given plenty of Calcium rich foods.
  9. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Anyone here use Stanley rafter hooks? I was thinking of getting some of those and hooking them onto milk crates. I'm only considering putting up one to start so my one hen has her "secret" spot.

    I'm starting to get a hang of where they like to lay (one near the food bowl, one in the rabbits cage (she seems to cuddle with the bunnies after she lays), one in a ground nesting box and one up in the rafters).

  10. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I've got the roost hanging from the ceiling and the nest boxes are plastic bins on a shelf. Both work great! Do try to control the amount of movement so it feels secure when she jumps in and be careful not to put it higher than the roost or someone might decide it's good to sleep in.

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